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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.07.08] movie news scifi dystopic



Apologies for being a little slow on the draw on this one folks but good news is welcome anytime in my books so onward we must go. Yesterday, the egg-heads over at i09 scored a chat with legendary director Ridley Scott and managed to swing the conversation around to his rumored interest in directing Aldous Huxley's dystopian classic "Brave New World." Seems that Scott is indeed looking to direct the project but is nowhere near happy with how its looking on paper. In fact, to a question about where the script was at, he had this to say; we're still struggling with that one. I have 40 things on the go at once. But that's a very important one. And sometimes, some surface faster than the others. It's partly luck of the draw. Even with a good writer, he'll do it and screw up. So then you go back to the table and start all over again, it's hard. The hardest single thing is getting it on paper. It was Leonardo DiCaprio's production company that first brought the project to Scott and it from the sounds of it everyone's on board. It feels like it could be a while before the film version of Brave New World sees the light of a projector but its good to know its in capable hands. Since I've been waiting for Scott to give the world some more science fiction, particularly of the dystopian variety, this news is extremely welcome. Head through the break to read a bit more of what interests Scott about the novel and why he thinks Big Brother is the internet.

io9: Why did you decide to adapt Brave New World into a movie, why do you want to make this story?


"I didn't choose to do it, someone came to me with it. In fact it was Leo's [Leonardo DiCaprio's] production company that came to me with that. And it's a big challenge, in fact. Because when you look at the two players or visionaries in the field, at that moment [it] would be Huxley and it would be Orwell and that was 60 or 75 years ago. They were predictions in a way, they weren't aware at the time, but they were predictions. One could argue that Orwell kind of got there first and Orwell was closer to the notion of "big brother," [with the] Cold War. But I don't think that's it, I think that big brother may be the internet. I don't know but I think that's the way it's going to go. And so the Aldous Huxley's [novel] literally what is called Brave New World that's a very hard adaptation. So we're still dancing with that one, but it's a challenge."

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